Developed in collaboration with the Communications Research Center Canada (CRC), e2ip’s printed 5G Smart Surface is an emerging technology in the area of surface electromagnetics that re-shapes electromagnetic propagation. A 5G Smart Surface essentially enhances wireless applications by filtering, blocking or reflecting radiofrequency (RF) signals emitted at a selected frequency, including new 5G networks, while remaining transparent to RF signals emitted at other frequencies.
Improving 5G Connectivity
The concept is simple yet powerful – a thin sheet with conductive ink strategically printed, manipulates signals to improve wireless connectivity and efficiency with very high specificity. A 5G Smart Surface can help to extend and evenly distribute signals to low coverage and dead zones, thereby matching the needs and capacity of the intended environment, optimizing connectivity accordingly.
5G Smart Surface designs are tailored to each network’s specific needs and depending on the design of the surface, they can act as a band-stop, band-pass, reflector, or diffuser of signals at varying angles. These properties can then be used to enhance the propagation of mm-Wave signals and help improve the overall reliability of the network infrastructure.
Designed for use in both indoor and outdoor environments, e2ip’s 5G Smart Surfaces can be integrated onto walls, panels, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces. They do not require power, and being characteristically light, thin, and flexible they are ready for deployment almost anywhere. 5G Smart Surfaces provide a cost savings opportunity to manage infrastructure for telecom operators, heads of Smart Cities and managers of large venues.
As we enter the era of fifth-generation wireless communication we have an increasing number of devices per person. The even coverage toward all people, spaces, and devices is increasingly important. 5G network providers will look to this technology as it will reduce the number of small-cell antennas required in any indoor or outdoor configuration. Since it is more affordable and easily integrated, 5G Smart Surface innovation will likely impact the way buildings are constructed in the future.
e2ip was recently named a CES 2021 Best of Innovation Honoree for its 5G Smart Surface technology in the Smart Cities category. CES honors outstanding design and engineering for consumer technology products, through an elite panel of expert industry judges.
If you are an operator or smart city manager and responsible for 5G network rollout, infrastructure build out, or 5G connectivity in smart cities, you will find that our 5G Smart Surface can assist in your 5G wireless planning, network coverage approach, and tailored smart city goals.
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